Re: [Usability] application names in the application menu

On Tue, 2008-04-01 at 11:21 -0500, Shaun McCance wrote:

> It's a shame that in 2008, we're still limited to 1980s
> menus and very short labels.  I've attached a very bad
> mockup of how descriptions could be right there in the
> menu where users can see them without hovering for the
> tooltip.

We're not "limited" to them in any technical sense, of course, but
there's obviously a danger of text overload if not designed very
carefully.  (And it does means bigger menus, which could impact large
print users quite heavily.)

I certainly wouldn't disagree that a more modern look and feel for all
sorts of things should be high on the agenda for the next major version
of the HIG and/or GNOME, though.


CALUM BENSON, Usability Engineer       Sun Microsystems Ireland
mailto:calum benson sun com            GNOME Desktop Group                      +353 1 819 9771

Any opinions are personal and not necessarily those of Sun Microsystems

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